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The purpose of this course is to present a process of project planning and control from basic project management principles and pre-construction planning through scheduling using network diagrams and monitoring and controlling.

Course Outline
The purpose of this course is to present a process of project planning and control from basic project management principles and pre-construction planning through scheduling using network diagrams and monitoring and controlling.
The course is taught on the basis of “case method” comprised of lectures and group question and answer periods.
Subject to availability of hardware and software, this course will also include “hands on” learning experiences with scheduling of case histories using one of several widely used computer programs.
To familiarize participants with the various aspects of planning and scheduling from the initial contract award that will provide the best chance for your organization to successfully complete the desired project.
Who Should Attend
This seminar is relevant to all personnel of organizations active in procuring or delivering construction services, including private and public owners, consultants and contractors, financial institutions, bonding and insurance companies. It will be of particular benefit to all engineers, architects, construction managers, project managers, and other professionals who want to have a better understanding of the various aspects of planning and scheduling in order to provide knowledgeable advice to decision makers and better manage the project.   Bring With You (optional) Laptop with Microsoft Project or Primavera installed.
Program Outline (1.8 CEUs / 18 PDHs)

Day One Planning and Scheduling as a Project Management Tool
  • Purpose of Course
  • The Benefits of Project Management
  • Objectives of Planning and Scheduling

Basics of Planning

  • Management Aspects of Planning
  • Why Plan
  • Project Planning and its Relationship to Management Style
  • Network Diagrams 

Introduction to the Critical Path Concept

  • Building Networks
  • Impact of Adding Unscheduled Activities
Day Two Calculating a Network
  • Sources of Task Durations
  • Factors Affecting Durations
  • Network Time Calculations

Practical Aspects of Network Plans

  • Flexibility
  • Establishing Work Sequence
  • Allocation of Critical Activities

Case History (Part One)

  • Planning and Scheduling a Case by Students
  • Hands on Computer Scheduling Instructions
  • Use of Laptop if Student bring own computer
  • or live using overhead projector
Day Three Computerized CPM Scheduling
  • Use of Computers in Network Planning
  • Coding & Sorting
  • “What if” Analysis

Case History (Part Two)

  • Continuation of Scheduling and Review of Case History
  • Presentation of Completed Schedule

Monitoring and Updating of Schedule

  • Introduction of Updating a CPM Schedule
  • Updating the Schedule to Reflect Current Project Status
  • How to Maintain an As Built Schedule
  • Criteria to Ensure a CPM is a Useful and Functional Tool

Resource Allocation and Leveling

  • Manpower Leveling and the Subcontractor
  • Considering Productivity
  • Production or the Effectiveness/Efficiency Issue
  • Rules of Thumb for Resource Allocation
  • Labour Manhours
Learning Outcomes As an Owner you will learn:
  • the benefits of planning and scheduling and the inherent risks of unrealistic time frames
  • the need for setting goals
  • realistic cash flow projections
  • need for creating a project management system

As a Contractor or Subcontractor you will learn:

  • the need for managing a project
  • the benefits of project management
  • the need to organize and manage project information

As a Design Professional, Project and Construction Manager you will learn:

  • objectives of planning and scheduling
  • how to develop a CPM network
  • critical path calculation
  • resource leveling
Instructor Dr. Richard Beifuss, P.Eng., C.Arb. (Chartered Arbitrator), Mediator, Ph.D is President of Beifuss International. He has over 35 years experience in the Canadian industry and government, in the former as an engineering consultant (employee and partner), in the civil service as a manager of technical resources (electrical), project manager, technical expert, program manager and director. He has extensive expertise in alternate (appropriate) dispute resolution in diverse claims. He is a director/designer of Public Works Contract Disputes Advisory Board.   Richard is a speaker and lecturer to Groups (National and International) on diverse professional development courses including ADR and Contract Claims Management and Avoidance. He is currently a member of the APEO as well as the ADR Institute of Canada and has served on Canadian Bar Association ADR Section Eastern Ontario - Executive Member(Past), Dispute Resolution Center for Ottawa Carleton - Past Director, American Arbitration Association - International Panel Arbitrators, Arbitration and Mediation Institute of Ontario Inc. - Past Director, Construction Law Letter - Past Member Editorial Board, Commerce Clearing House (CCH) ADR FORUM The Canadian Journal of Dispute Resolution - Contributing Columnist, ADR Dispute Resolution Practice Manual - Co-Author, Routlege (London, U.K.) Co-Author-Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management: An International Prospective, Ottawa Chapter AMIO - Past President, Ontario Court Pilot Mediation Project - Mediator, Contract Claims Resolution Group-Founding Partner.
Prerequisites & Certificates

Certificates offered

A certificate of completed Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be granted at the end of this course. Each participant will receive a complete set of course notes and handouts that will serve as informative references.

Cancellation Policy
If you wish to withdraw from a course, you must advise us, in writing, including the official receipt. Our policies regarding refund are:

More than fifteen business days in advance: a full refund minus $50.00 administration charge.

Fifteen or less business days in advance: a transfer to another course or a credit, valid for one year, to another GIC course can be considered. Credits are transferable within your organization.

If the course has been running for more than 2 weeks, or after the course has started, an 80% credit towards another GIC course may be considered, if notice is received before the start date of the second session. After this time, no refunds or credits will be issued. If a speaker is not available due to unforeseen circumstances, another speaker of equal ability will be substituted.

GIC reserves the right to cancel or change the date or location of its events. GIC's responsibility will, under no circumstances, exceed the amount of the fee collected. GIC is not responsible for the purchase of non-refundable travel arrangements or accommodations or the cancellation/change fees associated with cancelling them. Please call to confirm that the course is running before confirming travel arrangements and accommodations.

Refund Policy: Allow up to 30 days for refunds to be processed.

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